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December 2017 Archives

Shared custody laws being considered

Courts have traditionally awarded primary custody, in most cases, to mothers because of a lingering belief that mothers are better caregivers. Based in part on the work of fathers' rights groups, however, at least 20 states considered new laws this year that encourage shared custody. Some of these bills also designate this custody as the legal premise for custody decisions that an objecting parent would have to contest.

Would joint custody work for your family?

Custody is one of the most contested and emotionally charged issues in any divorce, no matter how amicable two parents may be. Texas parents know that the end of their marriage can be emotionally traumatic for their kids, which is why you may want to ease this process and make their post-divorce lives as smooth as possible. One way you may be able to accomplish this is by choosing joint custody.

More to ask after popping the question

Asking for marriage is not the only question engaged couples should pose. Financial issues can become another unromantic party to a romantic relationship and are one of the top reasons for divorce. Seeking information on each other's financial status is essential and may lead to consideration of the benefits of a prenuptial agreement.

Why is paternity important?

In Texas, paternity means that a child has a legal father. Unlike married couples, a child born to unmarried parents does not have a recognized biological father. This means that an unmarried biological father does not have legal rights to the child until paternity is established and he becomes a legal parent.

Seeking guidance in protecting your financial future in divorce

If you and your spouse decide to take separate paths moving forward, you might be eager to move on and open a new chapter in your life. However, you may also have concerns about how the outcome of your divorce could affect your future.

House swap couple involved in spousal maintenance fight

Armando Montelongo and his former wife Veronica gained publicity for their A&E reality show "Flip this House." Their marriage, however, was not successful and divorce became final in 2012 in a San Antonio court with a settlement agreement that remained secret. Its unusual terms became public after recent court filings concerning charges of unpaid alimony.